Western Connecticut Home Care Receives Grant for Home Monitoring
Western Connecticut Home Care (WCHC) was awarded $30,000 from The Leir Charitable Foundations to fund the Agency's Home Monitoring Programs. The donation made in Memory of Henry and Erna D. Leir, will be used to provide Telehealth and Lifeline to patients receiving home care services.
"WCHC Telehealth Program is vital to the continued improvement in clinical outcomes and to ensuring our patients remain in their homes and out of the hospital", stated Brian O'Loughlin, Home Care Administrator. Telehealth utilizes small electronic devices placed in a patient's home which allows clinicians to monitor the patient's vital signs from a remote location. Patients use the device and peripheral equipment to take measures of their blood pressure, pulse, oxygen level and weight. The information is sent electronically to be evaluated by a nurse. While Telehealth does not replace visits by the nurse, it does allow patients with chronic illness such as congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to be monitored every day. Daily monitoring allows the nurse to provide intervention as soon as negative changes to the patient's health status is detected, helping to avoid symptoms becoming acute and requiring costly interventions such as a visit to the emergency room and/or hospitalization.
Western Connecticut Home Care patients who are high risk for falls are provided a Philips Lifeline with an automatic fall detector. Falls are the most frequently occurring accident for seniors, causing moderate to severe injuries that can make it difficult for them to remain living independently, and increasing their risk of death. When falls do occur, timely response is critical to reducing the impact of the injuries that may have occurred. "WCHC is committed to keeping our patients safe and at home. Providing our most vulnerable patients with the Philips Lifeline medical alert service helps to ensure they will receive help immediately after a fall or other medical emergency," stated Judy Becker, Lifeline Program Manager.
About Western Connecticut Home Care, Inc.
Western Connecticut Home Care (WCHC), formerly Danbury Visiting Nurse Association is a non-profit, Medicare certified, State licensed medical home care agency. The Agency is the home care affiliate of Western Connecticut Health Network, which includes Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. Western Connecticut Home Care provides comprehensive nursing, therapy, medical social work and home health aide services to patients with a variety of health conditions using the latest in home care technology throughout the Greater Danbury and New Milford areas. Specialty services are offered for cardiac care and management, COPD care and management, diabetes management, fall prevention assessment, geriatric care, infusion therapy, Lifeline emergency response system, maternal child health, nutrition therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation, palliative care, respiratory therapy, tele-monitoring and wound care. For additional information visitWesternConnecticutHomeCare.org or call 203-792-4120.